Small Plane Crash Kills 4 at SE Michigan Airport

WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A pilot and three passengers have been killed after a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport northwest of Detroit.

Airport spokesman Dave VanderVeen says the Cessna 172 went down about 1:40 p.m. Friday at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township.

Three people aboard the private flight were killed instantly, while the fourth died later at a hospital. VanderVeen says three of the victims were male and one was female.

VanderVeen says the pilot took off from a runway and reached an altitude of about 100 feet before requesting permission to return. The plane crashed in a field.

The Federal Aviation Administration is en route to the airport and the National Transportation and Safety Board is expected Saturday.